The judgment of James at the Jerusalem Council (see Acts 15:13-21) was followed by another encouraging gesture on the part of the Jerusalem church. They sealed their approval of the work of Paul and Barnabas by sending with them to Antioch two of their number—Judas called Barsabas, thought by some scholars to be the brother of Joseph Barsabas mentioned in Acts 1:23—and Silas, sometimes called Silvanus.
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